Policy Steward:  Associate Vice President for Auxiliary & Business Services


  • Purpose
  • Policy
  • ....At University Park
  • ....At Locations Other Than University Park
  • Parking Privileges
  • Regulations
  • Winter Parking (At University Park)
  • Parking Lot Classifications
  • Loading, Unloading, Pick-Up, and Delivery
  • Vehicles Owned By the University, Federal, State or Municipal Government
  • Faculty and Staff Members Not Assigned to the University Park Campus
  • Floating Permits
  • Faculty and Staff Violation Penalties
  • Appeal
  • Abuse of Parking Privileges
  • Further Information


    To set forth the current policy regarding parking privileges for faculty/staff in University parking areas. Certain people not employed by, but affiliated with, the University also fall within this policy.


    Each faculty and staff member (or affiliate) wishing to park in University-controlled parking lots must apply for a parking permit.

    At University Park -

    Any faculty/staff member (or affiliate) wishing to park at University Park, or at nearby facilities used by the University, must pay a parking registration fee to obtain a parking permit. Affiliates and faculty/staff may pay the fee directly, or an employee may take advantage of payroll deduction. The permit is obtained by completing the Parking Registration/Payroll Deduction form (page 8.12 in the General Forms Usage Guide in GURU). An appropriate amount will be deducted each pay period throughout the year to equal the annual fee.

    If a vehicle is to be parked on campus and does not have a parking permit or has a campus-issued parking permit which is not valid at University Park, it is the responsibility of the faculty or staff member to proceed to a parking booth to obtain a one-day parking permit. Upon presentation of the faculty or staff member's University ID card and fee, a one-day parking permit will be sold for parking in one of the designated open parking lots. Failure to display a one-day parking permit while the vehicle is parked during the reserved hours of the parking lot means the vehicle is parked illegally and is subject to an administrative parking ticket. Permits exceeding one day in duration are only available at the Parking Office.

    Parking is authorized only in lots identified by the color and lot designation of the assigned parking permit. If the assigned lot is full or unavailable for any reason, vehicles must be parked in an open staff lot. Open staff lots are all Orange lots.

    At locations other than University Park -

    A parking permit is issued upon application by the faculty/staff member or affiliate. These permits are valid at University Park only in open staff lots. Open staff lots are designated by the color orange.

    All parking permits are the property of The Pennsylvania State University. They must to be returned upon termination of employment or upon the request of the University.


    Assignments to parking area and issuance of parking permits are done by the hiring college, department or campus. It is the responsibility of the faculty or staff member to ensure that the parking permit is transferred to, and properly displayed on, the vehicle that is to be parked on campus.

    Parking permits must be displayed whenever the vehicle is parked on campus.

    Faculty or staff members who possess a permanent or temporary disability should consult their parking chairperson for procedures to obtain special accommodations. Special accommodations does not necessarily involve closer parking. It may involve use of current bus or shuttle transportation.

    Parking privileges are only authorized for the individual to whom the permit is issued. The permit may not be used by family members or friends.

    If a permit is lost or stolen, report the incident to your designated parking chair. A $15.00 fee will be charged for processing. In the event that the permit is recovered, the associated $15.00 fee will be returned.

    Vehicles with valid parking permits parked in violation of the established rules and regulations shall be issued violation tickets. These penalties are payable to the University. Vehicles without parking permits, or parked in violation of the University's parking rules and regulations, are subject to an administrative parking ticket. If this administrative ticket is not resolved, the University may process it to the District Justice.

    The acceptance of any employee of the privilege of parking a motor vehicle on campus shall constitute acceptance of the responsibility to see that any vehicle owned or registered in his or her name is not parked in violation of these regulations. It shall also constitute acceptance of the appropriate penalty when violations are cited.


    A detailed set of Regulations is to be issued to each faculty and staff member upon registering for a parking permit. The following regulations are general and pertain to all locations unless specified otherwise.

    All parking lots are reserved. The hours of the day and days of the week of reservation are posted at the lot entrance. After 4 p.m. daily and on weekends, vehicles with a valid parking permit (including part time permits) may be parked in any legal parking space on campus, provided the space is not restricted otherwise by signage. The University retains the right to reserve any lot at any time. These regulations are in effect on a year-round basis, including semester and session breaks, unless otherwise publicly changed.

    All vehicles must park between two white lines designating a legal parking space. Motorcycles must be parked in designated motorcycle spaces only. Any vehicle not parked in a designated space is subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner's expense. Any parked vehicle obstructing roadways, designated handicap spaces, wheelchair ramp laydown areas, or hindering or damaging university operations or property is subject to towing at the owner's expense.

    It is not feasible to mark with signs or paint all areas of University property where parking is prohibited.

    Parking is prohibited on walks, grassy areas, dirt areas, graveled areas (unless specified for parking), in loading zones, in service drives, at yellow curbs, at any posted prohibition, in traffic lanes, at traffic signs or signals, fire hydrants, building egress or in any other area that is not designated specifically, by markings, as a parking space.

    The fact that other vehicles are parking improperly shall not constitute an excuse for parking with any part of the motor vehicle outside or over a prescribed parking space.

    The fact that a vehicle is parked in violation of any rule or regulation and does not receive a citation does not mean that the rule or regulation is no longer in effect.

    Vehicles with valid parking permits may not be parked in long-term (gray or blue heads) metered parking spaces during the hours of meter operation. Faculty and staff with registered vehicles may use the short-term meters (red head) provided time is showing on the meter. Meters are enforced Monday through Friday, except when otherwise noted. Meters in the HUB Deck are enforced seven days a week. Hours of meter operation are posted on the rear of the meter head.

    Motorists shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing at marked crosswalks. The University reserves the right to establish such other regulations and rules of the road to properly control traffic on its roadways and parking areas.

    Any vehicle parked on campus shall be parked at the owner's risk. The University assumes no responsibility for theft, damage, or personal injury.


    In the event of accumulating snow, day or night and regardless of the amount, parking is prohibited in all faculty/staff surface lots from midnight to 7 a.m when "Midnight Clear" is announced. This restriction is necessary to clear lots for plowing and scattering of anti-skid material. During periods of snow, permit holders wishing to leave their vehicles on campus overnight must use either Eisenhower, the HUB or Nittany parking decks, under covered areas only. Vehicles must be returned to their assigned parking areas by 8 a.m. the following day. Vehicles that remain in the parking areas beyond midnight when snow accumulates (in lots other than the designated emergency overnight parking), will be ticketed for snow restriction.

    At University Park, questions concerning procedures or interpretation of parking rules and regulations should be referred to the Parking Office Manager, 1a Eisenhower Deck, 865-1436. After 6:00 p.m., or on weekends, calls should be referred to the University Police, 1 Eisenhower Deck, 863-1111. At locations other than University Park, questions should be referred to the campus Business or Security Office.



    Loading, unloading, pick-up or delivery is permitted in any identified loading area, provide the vehicle's emergency warning flashers or headlights are operating. No vehicle may be allowed to stand for more than fifteen (15) minutes unless it is unquestionably evident that the loading, unloading, pick-up or delivery is still in progress. Vehicles must be moved to the assigned parking area, or to a designated open faculty/staff parking area, immediately upon completion of loading, unloading, pick-up or delivery.

    If no loading zone is designated for a building and no space is available, the vehicle may be allowed to stand, with emergency flashers or headlights operating, near the loading entrance, so long as the operator is in the actual process of loading or unloading for a period of not more than fifteen (15) minutes; however, no vehicle shall be stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading in any traffic lane, or any sidewalk, fire zone, building egress, or similar hazardous area.


    Vehicles owned by the University, Federal, State or local governments, and identified by special parking stickers or license plates, are permitted "any area" parking privileges, but must be parked in a bona fide parking space not reserved by license number or permit. Any parking violations by University-owned vehicles will be the responsibility of the renter.


    Faculty and staff members assigned away from the University Park Campus are issued parking permits by their respective college or campus. The these permits by themselves are valid in lots designated as Orange open faculty/staff lots at University Park. Only a floating permit displayed along with the current parking permit authorizes parking in reserved lots at University Park, subject to the restriction of the floating permit.

    If a faculty or staff member drives a personal vehicle to University Park with a current campus-issued parking permit without a floating permit, they must park in lots lots designated as Orange open faculty/staff.


    Floating permits are provided for departmental use for furthering University business. They are not to be used solely by an individual. Floating permits are valid only on a vehicle with current faculty/staff parking permit. These permits are not valid in all parking areas: see the lot restrictions listed on each floating permit.


    Payment: All payments must be made through the Parking Office, 1 Eisenhower Parking Deck, University Park, PA 16802-2116. Submit payment by cash, check or money order payable to: The Pennsylvania State University. At non-University Park locations, the penalties are payable at the Business Office.

    If payment is received within three (3) working days from the date of violation, the penalty will be reduced by $2.00. If payment is NOT received within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of violation, the penalty will be increased by $3.00 and will be payroll deducted for current permit holders. Tickets issued to vehicles registered with the parking office are the responsibility of the permit holder, regardless of who drives the vehicle.


    Parking violations may be appealed by completing an appeal form or by submitting a written appeal to the Parking Office. The Parking Office will submit the appeal to the appropriate Appeals Committee and notify the permit holder of the committee's decision.

    NOTE: The ticket history (if any) of the permit holder will be attached to the appeals form for the committee's consideration in the case of repeat offenders. The committee's decision is final. In order to be considered, appeals must be made with twenty (20) calendar days of the violation date.


    Written warnings are sent to permit holders after six (6) tickets are written against his/her permit in a fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). If twelve (12) or more tickets are issued during a fiscal year, the permit holder's parking privileges will be revoked for one month and a $50.00 fee will be assessed. There are no refunds of money paid for a revoked permit. Additional tickets issued while under revocation will result in an additional $50.00 fee, and the revocation is extended by one month, for each ticket issued. Such vehicles are also subject to towing at the owner's expense.


    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of the Associate Vice President, Auxiliary & Business Services.

    Effective Date: July 12, 2000
    Date Approved: July 11, 2000
    Date Published: July 12, 2000 (Editorial changes- October 25, 2013)

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